|Barry Cockcroft||Soprano Saxophone|
Barry Cockcroft is regarded as one of Australia's finest saxophonists and his innovative compositions are performed by thousands of musicians every year. Since 2000 he has performed with Perth pianist Adam Pinto in Rompduo. In 2011 Barry was concerto soloist with the United States Navy Band and recitalist and guest clinician at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium. He was featured at the British Saxophone Congress in London, gave recitals in France and Germany with Rompduo and has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic. He appeared at the Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival and the Tutti Festival in Beijing. Barry is a Selmer Artist and a RICO International Artist.
Barry's close association with over 120 composers has led to the publication of more than 1,000 new works over the past 18 years. Barry has encouraged composers writing the most advanced concert music for the saxophone to remember also the developing players who require a stimulating and original repertoire of their own. Barry encourages musicians to perform not only the newest music, but also the best new music.
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra - Matthew Orlovich
Carnival Capers (Concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra, 2012) was commissioned for premiere performance by soloist Barry Cockcroft with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell, at the World Saxophone Congress XVI, July 10, 2012 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK. The first movement, entitled "Hammering the bell", is inspired by a fairground attraction known as a "High Striker". Wielding a large mallet, a contestant strikes a lever in an attempt to send a puck shooting up a tower to strike a bell. The hammering of the lever and the clang of the bell may be heard amidst the colours of my orchestration, while the climbing and falling motion of the puck has inspired the melodic contours of the saxophone solo. "Circle in the sky" is the title given to the second movement. Again, it is inspired by a fair ground attraction - the giant wheel or "Ferris Wheel". The movement commences with an industrial feel featuring a shadowy contrabassoon solo, rumble of generator, tremolo of warm air and twinkle of glockenspiel 'fairy lights'. As the giant wheel turns on its harmonic cycle, we move smoothly up into the heights, through clouds of cymbal and strings and into a cool, icy atmosphere where the solo saxophone engages in a flight of fancy. The third and final movement, "High roller", takes its inspiration from a wind-in-your-hair roller coaster ride. Enroute, we tackle some steep descents, bumps and sharp turns, catch sight of the High Striker and Ferris Wheel, then dangle precariously on a musical knife-edge while the soloist negotiates a cadenza. I warmly thank Barry Cockcroft, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the organisers of the World Saxophone Congress XVI for presenting the world premiere of the work. I also wish to gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Music Board of the Australia Council and the generous support and encouragement of reedmusic.com. Matthew Orlovich Composer.